Music Review: Head Above Water

5/5 Stars

“Head Above Water” is a song released by Avril Lavigneon Sept. 19, 2018. After its release, the song peaked at no. 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and made 24 other international music rating charts.. This song became Lavigne’s escape while she was battling Lyme disease. “Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles. I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of,” Lavigne said. 

Lyme disease can affect any organ in the body and is often hard to diagnose because it shares symptoms with many other ailments, including fibromyalgia, MS, and various psychiatric illnesses. Lavigne said that while she was fighting this deadly disease, she felt exhausted and had extreme joint pain, making movement difficult and confining her to her bed. Lavigne admitted to some media outlets that, at the time, she had accepted death and was ready to give in to the illness. 

One day, when she was lying in bed ill and depressed, Lavigne got the inspiration for the motivational single. While writing the song, she got a new feeling of needing to keep fighting and “keep [her] head above water”. Lavigne named her single “Head Above Water” after this new feeling. This single gave her hope, and soon, she got more ideas for other songs, which eventually led to an album titled after her life-saving single. Lavigne says that her disease is now under control.

“Head Above Water” is not only an inspirational song about Lavigne’s fight with Lyme disease; it  embodies a deeper message for listeners. Lyrics like “My life is what I’m fighting for” and “God, keep my head above water”, signal a call of desperation and determination. “Head Above Water” is highly motivational because it encourages people to never give up, no matter what they are battling. The song’s lyrics call listeners to fight against whatever is pulling them down, and to trust in their own capabilities and their faith to help them get through it. Lavigne encourages others not to drown in their struggles, but to “keep the calm before the storm”, and to believe that they will be pulled out of the waves and onto dry land again. “Head Above Water” is an anthem for all those who chose to be saved and live their lives. I would recommend this song for anyone who is going through hard times or struggle because this song can help to get through that. 

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